The Lost



Why must the lucid be so elusive

And why what I see so foreign to me

A wished for picture, childish fixture

Hoped reality, just a fantasy


Why am I just mist, my fight to exist

And why does this ghost still scare me the most

A life in gray viewed with form unimbued

Shaded spectral host with nothing to boast


Why do I have dreams and hell in between

And why does that fire leave ashes of ire

A hope risen smoke, the wishful left broke

Needed for the pyre, my wanting expire


Why does life pretend, goodness in the end

And why learn to smile just a little while

A mind with soul pains and nothing explains

Haunted by the trial, lost in denial




18 Responses to “The Lost”
  1. yassy says:

    Love your rhymes.

  2. kristianw84 says:

    I felt this one. I love the beautiful way you express emotion.

  3. beth says:

    life is sometimes found in the subtle grays of the in-between, it takes all shades to live a life

  4. sudrakarma says:

    ‘A hope risen smoke, the wishful left broke’ – this line caught me, although I read it as if there were a comma after “hope” as well.

  5. Jim Borden says:

    Lots of good questions, no easy answers…

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    Great poetry Brad. I can’t choose a specific line I like them all. So many metaphors and thoughts in this piece Brad. Is it me or does it seem easier to write a bit darker these days? That is how I have felt and not really even consciously, it seems to be where I end up. Very provocative piece Brad. Have an awesome weekend. Hope you can get out and do something safe and fun. Sending hugs and flowers scented with love to you and your loved ones. 🤗❤️💕🌹🌹 Jonikins

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I am sure with all that is going on around us, it is not uncommon to be led to a darker theme of writing. I get a little darker sometimes just to get out of a lane I’m in, to change things up a bit. Love to you and yours returned! 💖

  7. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Beautiful poem my friend, and the existential question of why is forever an enigma…

  8. jupitergrant says:

    Masterful as ever. 👏👏👏

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